I went to Hi Genki with a friend of mine who also runs a local food blog called ilovefoodblog.blogspot.com, you can see his review of our experience on his site. Hi Genki is in the Edmonds area of Burnaby and is located in a Japanese Old Folks home. To some people it is considered a secret gem. Hi Genki is part of the Fujiya family which has been a staple in the Japanese Canadian community for as long as I remember. Growing up my parents would drive to Fujiya just to order sushi platters but now that I have developed a pallet for sushi I would no longer consider Fujiya a good place to buy sushi or sashimi. Its cheap but not that tasty.

If you go on dinehere.ca and look up HiGenki, the reviews are generally exceptional, receiving four or five stars in the areas of food and service. I would best consider the food here as standard. I ordered the katsu curry for nine dollars. The taste was good but for the same price I would easily rather order the katsu curry at Guu or Yoshoko Ya (my favorite katsu curry place). I do want to mention that the value for the other items such as the donburi was great, costing about 6 dollars for the bowl.

The service was decent however my friend's dish came long after mine, one of my pet peeves. My friend also had to pack his own food in a to go container, it appears that the Japanese people at Hi Genki seemed to have learned a lesson from the Swedish from Ikea, (the do it yourself mentality). Japanese people tend to be full of etiquette and manners so I couldn't understand why they made people pack their own food, something that is still only done by a few Chinese restaurants.

I think the reason why this place gets so much hype online is because people think they have found an underground secret and they amaze their friends by taking them to the Japanese Old Folks home. It kinda falls along point #71 from Stuff White People Like - being the only white person around. I can just imagine people saying "James is soo awesome, he took us to eat at a Japanese Old Folks home way out in Burnaby and the food was great. James is so cultured, remember he is the one that introduced me to Mos Def". If you want to show people a secret place with good food, take them to Ten Hachi, thats a real hidden gem.

Hi Genki
6680 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby
Tel: 604.777.0533

I would rate this place as standard, and a good value. I would only repeat if I was in the area and hungry.
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Anonymous said... @ August 31, 2008 at 6:34 PM

you gotta stop looking at it as a restaurant, its more like a cafeteria with some service.

Anonymous said... @ November 20, 2009 at 10:46 PM

Sorry, dude. I found it hard to take your review seriously after you misspelled "palate".

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